Quantcast

Author Archive: Randall Newton

Randall S. Newton is Managing Editor of GraphicSpeak. He has been writing about engineering and design technologies for more than 25 years.

rss feed

Author's Website →

Two initiatives from Khronos Group to advance open graphics standards

Two initiatives from Khronos Group to advance open graphics standards

Vulkan is a cross-platform API for modern GPUs; Safety Critical will develop open graphics for environments where safety is mission critical. The Khronos Group today announces advancement on two fronts as part of its mission of bringing generally accepted and open industry standards to graphics access and GPU-based compute acceleration. Vulkan is a new API […]

Euro decline leads Ansys to an unusual flat quarter

Euro decline leads Ansys to an unusual flat quarter

The CAE vendor is usually a poster child for double-digit growth. Ansys (ANSS: Nasdaq) today reported second quarter results atypical of the Ansys we’ve become familiar with. Revenue for the quarter (ending June 30, 2015) was $235.48 million, up 1.3% from a year ago. The blame goes to currency fluctuations, mostly the continued slide of […]

New Take System highlights Cinema 4D update

New Take System highlights Cinema 4D update

Lens distortion and support for Houdini also included in this update. A new system for working with multiple takes of a scene highlights the Release 17 of Maxon Cinema 4D, which will preview next week at Siggraph before shipping in September. Maxon says the new Take System “provides complete and flexible scene handling to manage […]

Computer Graphics market to exceed $235 billion by 2018

Computer Graphics market to exceed $235 billion by 2018

New Jon Peddie Research update shows graphics a continuing driver of computer industry growth. The computer graphics industry has been a growth industry since it was established in the late 1970s. It has weathered the storms of recessions and has emerged with renewed vigor and potential, partly due to a big boost from mobile and […]

IntelliCAD ships major update of dwg-compatible development platform

IntelliCAD ships major update of dwg-compatible development platform

Over 1,200 new features including broader raster image support. The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium has released a new version of its CAD development platform. ITC technology is used by CAD vendors to create custom products based on the dwg design file standard popularized by Autodesk. IntelliCAD Version 8 includes support for the latest 2014 .dwg file […]

Giant burrowing snake machines create London Crossrail tunnel

Giant burrowing snake machines create London Crossrail tunnel

Designed in PTC Creo, eight 1,000-ton units are cutting through 26 miles of widely varying conditions. For years the Crossrail project has been burrowing tunnels for a new rail line directly under London. More than 26 miles in total have been carved out by gargantuan tunnel boring machines (TBMs), purpose built for Crossrail by German […]

PTC Q3 results in a word: Ouch!

PTC Q3 results in a word: Ouch!

Monstrous gains for Internet of Things doesn’t compensate for lackluster quarter in core businesses.   By Randall S. Newton PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) delivered news they would rather have swept under the rug with their third quarter 2015 financial report. It was a down quarter for total revenue, net income, software revenue, earnings per share, and […]

SPECapc releases SolidWorks 2015 benchmark

SPECapc releases SolidWorks 2015 benchmark

Three new models are included in this year’s benchmark, along with new procedures to test workstation performance. The leader in benchmark software for application performance has released new benchmark software for evaluating workstations for use with Dassault Systemes SolidWorks 2015. SPECapc for SolidWorks 2015 consists of nine graphics and two CPU tests. The graphics tests […]

Growing dragons challenge Game of Thrones CG team

Growing dragons challenge Game of Thrones CG team

Pixomondo created the babies, growing in capabilities as the dragons grow in stature. HBO’s Game of Thrones is popular for many reasons, most of them beyond the scope of our coverage here. But some of the appeal surely lies in the realistic visual effects that give mythic realism to the unfolding story of endless battles […]

Envisioneer updates BIM for residential design

Envisioneer updates BIM for residential design

Intelligent modeling is no longer just for large construction projects. The new release of Envisioneer from Cadsoft improves the ability to use building information modeling (BIM) in residential and light commercial design. Unlike other products aimed at the residential and light commercial market, Envisioneer is purpose-built as a BIM solution. Key features in Version 11, […]